Depletions: Coenzyme Q10
A deficiency of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 may be associated with chronic conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure. Symptoms of deficiency include muscle weakness and pain, gingivitis, and weakened immune function.
Reduced levels of melatonin in the body have been associated with sleep disturbances and jet lag. Some clinicians report wide-ranging symptoms associated with melatonin deficiency, which include problems with hormonal function and fertility. Other problems may include immunological and blood clotting issues.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Symptoms of depleted levels of thiamine include weakness, fatigue, anorexia, constipation, memory loss, confusion, and depression. Deficiency may lead to beriberi, a condition characterized by inflammation of nerves, heart irregularities, and fluid retention.
Vitamin D deficiency leads to abnormal bone formation (rickets) in children and softening of the bones (osteomalacia) in adults. Vitamin D deficiency interferes with calcium absorption, leading to increased risk of fractures, osteoporosis (bone loss), and muscle weakness. More recently, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to compromised immunity, cancer, and other chronic conditions. Since this nutrient is fat soluble, prolonged periods of deficiency are required to produce these symptoms.
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